Each Dance-It-Out story is a kids’ dance performance ready for the imagination stage.
The Dance-It-Out series combines two proven positives for children’s well-being: reading and movement. As an added incentive to act out the stories, Ballerina Konora appears on each page welcoming kids to dramatize the story’s characters. Konora offers ideas, but kids are encouraged to bring their own inner storyteller.
Illustrators from the Netherlands, Canada, India, the United States, United Kingdom, and Moldova offer international backdrops for the collection.
Books 1-10 are independent stories, and kids can start with whichever book best matches their interests. If you are buying a set, the books are listed in suggested order, and you might align the main character to your child's gender for his/her first movement journey.
Check out sample pages, more about each published book, and links to reviews further down the page.
• Brielle’s Birthday Ball is a beautiful was-it-all-just-a-dream adventure packed with movement concepts and subtle life lessons. (collaboration with author Nita Dean)
• Princess Naomi Helps a Unicorn includes sibling squabbles, a horse, a snake, and happy reunions. Gallops, leaps, and muscle activation are just a few of the movement themes.
• Joey Finds His Jump! is a story of friendship and jumping jubilance.
• Petunia Perks Up is a relaxing story of meditation and gentle movement. Petunia lets elements of her day spark her imagination, and she finds a peaceful calm. (Movements are simple, but readers may better-engage with an active story as a series introduction.)
• Danny, Denny, and the Dancing Dragon features Danny and his new baby brother. While Danny enjoys ballet, the story movements are mostly about interactions with Kadessa the dragon.
• The Cat with the Crooked Tail highlights the value of practice, friendship, and a good attitude. Merida Brown, the feline heroine, thinks her tail hinders her abilities. With help from a friend, she proves herself wrong. (Kids might ask for props or want to set up an obstacle course.)
• Danika’s Dancing Day (August) focuses on ballet. Danika creates a performance out of chores, playing outside, and even her dreams. Ballet words are mentioned often; non-dancers may want to start with a different story and build up to this one.
• Freya and the Fantastic Flute (August) features friendly ghosts, bats, and zombies. Will Henry and Freya manage to tame the creatures? (collaboration with author Marjorie Thompson)
• Belluna's Big Adventure in the Sky (August) follows Belluna as she learns a new skill and saves herself.
• Mira Monkey’s Magic Mirror (August) is Book One of a trilogy of fairy mischief. Mira enjoys the carnival until she finds a mysterious mirror. Hidden fairies delight and add a secondary movement challenge.
• Mira and Marvin's Magic Mirror Mischief
(Mira Book 2) (September)
• Mira Monkey and the Fairy’s Ballerina Shoes
(Mira Book 3) (October)
• Andi's Valentine Tree (February 2022)
*Dates are estimates. Previous dates shifted due to artist sickness including COVID-19.
Each independent Dance-It-Out story is a kids’ dance performance ready for the imagination stage. If you attended a series of shows, you wouldn’t expect identical choreography, costumes or backdrops.
Each book is illustrated by a unique artist and has a different feel and texture because each is a different event. In this way, readers:
The Dance-It-Out collection truly offers an international stage. The illustrators come from all over the world. Using multiple illustrators:
Each Dance-It-Out book has been carefully crafted by a dance teacher with over 20 years' experience and recognized by her local city council for her work with young dancers. For example, a closer look at the book with arguably the least dance...
Along with the subtly-introduced dance concepts, Brielle shows that sleep is necessary and welcomed, and she demonstrates good manners and respect. She reminds us that dancing is joyful, and friendship is a treasure.
There are 14 Dance-It-Out total books in process, with the last expected February 2022.
Children who have enjoyed the series might be interested in Dancing Shapes, a series for older children. If children have read all of the Dance-It-Outs, we'll send along a free copy of Dancing Shapes (send us a picture).